Hello. I wanted to ask you folks who own or have owned a suburban how
many miles you got before major repairs started. I am looking at a very
high mileage 92 but seems to run and ride very good for the mles. I need
it for a work vehicle ( to tow my trailor with 2 ZTR) every day to
customers properties. I have never bought a vehicle with over a 100 k
much less 230 k. Is this a good deal or one to pass on. I am now using
my 92 nissan with a V6 to pull it with and it has to have the 93 octane
to tow it and it is taking all the truck can do to tow it.
mileage. I have a '90 and it only has 182,200 miles on it but my
neighbor has a '75 with in excess of 300,000 miles on it nd he uses it
every day for his business (he's an electrical contractor). My truck
was a surveyors truk before I bought it and it was used hard.
Yesterday I had the air conditioning repaired (compressor) and converted
on my '90 but beyond that, no major repairs have been done on it. I
think that if the vehicle has been maintained properly, it'll last a
long time. It's my nderstandin that he trucks made from '95 to 2000 can
have some problems but I have no first-hand knowledge about that. What
you should do is go into alt.chevy.trucks or alt.autos.4x4.chevy-trucks
and ask the same question. There are some very knowledgeable people in
those two groups.
There are two classes of pedestrians in these days of reckless motor
traffic - the quick and the dead.
~ Lord Dewar 1933 ~
Climbing into a hot car is like buckling on a pistol. It is the great
equalizer. ~ Henry G. Felsen 1964 ~
Major repair wise, at that milage you want to check these items:
1. Frame rust.
2. Radiator pressure test. Check of cracked side tranks or damged core.
3. Brakes. Make sure they are in good shape, and everything works.
4. Springs. Make sure the rear springs are not worn out. If so you may need
to replace the spring packs.
5. Steering linkage. Check for play, idler arms worn, tie rod ends worn.
Suburbans are Excellent tow vehicals. We have a 85 at my shop that we
use to tow cars. The trailer alone is 2,100. Went across the scales
yesterday at 10,180 with 3 people in the truck, and the trailer empty. That
old suburban probably has around 200K on it.
I also own 2 high milage Chevy Pick Ups. My 84 C-10 with over 300,xxx on
the orginal drive line. Plus the 1990 2500 (6 lug) that I bought the other
week for $500.
It's an old company truck, and has almost no brakes. Yet the 350 (5.7L) TBI
engine purrs and runs like a 50K engine. Regaurdless of the fact the truck
has 221,xxx miles.
If GM trucks are mantianced, 200K & 300K miles are nothing to be afraid
of. You just have to check from time to time for parts wearing out.
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